MANATEE — Delmer Smith III was in the Oneco area immediately after Kathleen Briles was killed in her Terra Ceia home last summer, and sheriff’s investigators hope someone knows what he was doing, an official said today.
Smith has been served with a warrant charging him with murder in the Aug. 3 death of Briles.
Detectives said Smith, 38, bludgeoned her to death with an iron antique sewing machine during a burglary.
“We believe he was in the area of 15th Street East and 53rd Avenue East after the homicide, in the Oneco area,” said Dave Bristow, a spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. “We believe he was there approximately two hours.”
“We want to know what he was doing, who he was with, anything informational. There’s still a reward of $50,000 on the table,” Bristow said.
Investigators think Smith was in the area from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Bristow said.
The Briles' son, Calvin, also urged anyone to come forward during an interview with the Bradenton Herald. He also pointed to the fact that Smith is being held in the Sarasota County jail without bond.
"You can do it anonymously, or if not, people should not be scared. He is not getting out of jail anytime soon," Calvin Briles said.
Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011 or to remain anonymous, they can call the sheriff’s office tip line at (866) 634-8477, he said.
--- Sara Kennedy and Robert Napper